What do you do with that one lonely, over ripe banana that’s sitting in your fruit bowl? I decided to make brownies. I started with a boxed brownie mix, added the mashed banana, a little espresso powder and swirls of peanut butter. The result? A very tasty brownie. In fact, I’d say they are down right delicious. Don’t worry. You can’t taste the espresso powder. It’s there to enhance the chocolate flavor. You definitely can taste the banana and peanut butter. OH MY! And the smell that wafts through the house. Heavenly! It almost lifted me up and carried me into the kitchen, Why don’t you give these quick and easy brownies a try?
Peanut Butter Banana Brownies
20 oz. box brownie mix (I used Ghiradelli dark chocolate)
1/2 tsp. instant espresso powder
1 large, very ripe banana
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup oil
7-8 Tbs. creamy peanut butter
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray a 9 x 9 square baking pan with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside. In a medium sized bowl, mash the banana. Add the water, oil and egg and mix until well combined. Pour in the brownie mix and espresso powder. Mix until combined and you no longer see dry brownie mix. Do not over mix. Turn out into the prepared pan. Place 7 or 8 one tablespoon mounds of peanut butter evenly over the top of the brownies. Using a butter knife, swirl the peanut butter throughout the brownie batter. Bake at 325 for 40-50 minutes. Check with a toothpick for doneness. Do not over bake. There will be moist crumbs on the toothpick but it will not appear wet. Remove from the oven and cool in the pan on a wire rack until completely cool. Cut into squares. Enjoy!
Wishing you love, laughter and cake,